This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.
Hertz to supply Lyft drivers
Lyft and Hertz, two heavy-hitters in the driving services world, announced a partnership late last week. The alliance was formed to offer national Lyft drivers a selection of the cars rotating out of Hertz rental service fleet. This arrangement, which started as a pilot program in Las Vegas last year, has already expanded to Denver, with plans to open in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the near future. Now, previously undecided consumers might be encouraged to hire Lyft drivers since car safety will no longer be in question.
Google Maps upgraded
Users of the Google Maps app will be very happy to hear that you can now add multiple stops to your trip before you ever leave your house. In addition to this new feature, since Maps is integrated with Google search functions, store, restaurants, and other locations will now pop up easily within the search bar, making address search and inputting destinations a breeze. Another important update to the app includes the ability to access your Google Maps history, add notes, and refer back to important locations quickly and often.
Shipping wars have begun
Walmart has announced that they will offer ShippingPass, a two-day shipping option, on all online orders. This announcement now means Walmart is in solid competition with Amazon Prime, the online retailer Amazon's own treasured two-day shipping option. From a price point perspective, Walmart’s ShippingPass will be a friendlier alternative, since it is competitively priced at $49 a year, after a free 30-day trial. It’s worth keeping an eye on this new shipping choice over the next few months.
Windows 10’s anniversary update
One year ago, many of us were upgrading our PC’s (for free) to the newest Microsoft release, Windows 10. Now, we’re embarking on the one year anniversary of that momentous occasion, and looking forward, to Windows 10, version 1607. Despite the long download process, the upgrades include an adjusted Start experience (with scrolling All Apps section and smaller buttons and shortcuts), a tweaked Settings menu (with updated icons and new options moved over from the Control Panel), a better and stronger Cortana (which can be used as a calculator, translator, search engine, and more), and Windows Ink (a fun new feature that lets you use digital pens to take notes and play). Early reviews praise this update for being durable and strong, which might change many users’ opinions of Windows 10 for the better.
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